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“A Beautiful Lodge in the Jungle”

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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Vero Beach, Florida
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“A Beautiful Lodge in the Jungle”
Reviewed 19 January 2008

Bosque del Cabo gave us an experience of life in the jungle at the edge of the Pacific, while enjoying a beautiful setting, attractive accommodations and great meals. After an night in San Jose, we flew a 19 passenger Nature Air plane on a 45 minute trip to Puerto Jimenez, a remote location near the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula, located on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. The plane was painted with tropical colors, the ride over the mountains was beautiful and the touch down at the small landing strip was fun. We were picked up by Bosque's driver for the 45 minute ride to the lodge, where we were warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to our deluxe cabina, named Mariposa, a thatched roof palapa at the edge of the jungle overlooking the Pacific. (The deluxe cabinas feature large sitting areas not featured in the standard cabinas.) We explored the grounds with beautiful tropical plants and saw and heard howler monkeys and toucans near our cabina. We enjoyed drinks before dinner in a palapa next to the pool. A delicious buffet dinner is served in a large palapa with guests seated at 8 person tables for conversation. Breakfast and lunch are ordered from menus with most guests choosing separate tables. The food and service were wonderful. There are many long and short hiking trails available directly from the lodge. Some go through the jungle and some lead down the 500 feet drop to the water. Our favorite was the hike down the Pacific Trail. We saw and heard lots of howler monkeys on these hikes, as well as toucans, scarlet macaws and coatis. We took an early morning birding tour and an evening snake, frog, toad and spider tour with flashlights, given by the lodge's excellent naturalists. We appreciated Bosque's commitment to maintaining and enhancing the natural environment of this special place.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 January 2008

There is not much I can add to the 80+ excellent reviews of BdC except to say that we have stayed in resorts all over the world and this is, by far, one of our most favorite places on the planet. This was our first trip to Costa Rica, and we were blown away by the natural wonders all over the country. That being said, BdC is the complete package - tremendous accommodations, great food, knowledgable guides, seemingly endless trails - right in the middle of pristine rain forest packed with all the nature Costa Rica has to offer. You can see more here from the deck of your cabana than you can in most of the National Parks. I am a bit of a photography freak, and I could have stayed here two more weeks (easily), snapping pictures until my index finger fell off. A special thanks to all the wonderful staff who made our stay enjoyable - particularly Eduardo, who went out of his way to come out with us and our flash lights to look for (and find) red eyed tree frogs by the pond. We left BdC with a better appreciation for the precious resource that is the rain forest and a gazillion pictures to help keep our memories fresh.

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  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga, CA
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Reviewed 28 December 2007

It's difficult not to be redundant. Bosque has an unbelievably loyal and enthusiastic fan club. After spending 6 days [12/15-21/07] there, I understand why. Bosque does everything right, from meeting us at our cruise ship dock in Puerto Caldera, delivering us to San Jose airport, meeting us at the PJ airport, etc. etc. etc. Logistics, food, accommodations, privacy, setting, service, Spanish lessons, wildlife, absence of mosquitos, ... no reason to go on and on. Just keep reading more reviews should you need more convincing. Remember to bring flashlights and sturdy trail shoes that can handle slippery, muddy surfaces. No need for the knee boots you used in the Amazon, though.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank bnaysrl
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San Diego
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Reviewed 17 December 2007

We returned to Bosque after a great stay last year. It didn't disappoint. The cabin was comfortable, albeit small (we like the small cabins in the garden area), the food excellent and the trails wonderful. Great wildlife sighting. Great proximity to the beaches. It is a hikers and photographer's paradise. Moreover, the staff is excellent. Their masseuse, Jutta, is special....really special. Their guide Carlos is excellent; knowledgeable and personable. We would not qualify our recommendation of this property.

  • Stayed November 2007
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Hope, AR
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Reviewed 4 December 2007

We have visited Costa Rica at least annually since 1993; we have covered the country and without a doubt Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge is the best of the best. In '93 Bosque del Cabo consisted of 3 cabinas; there was no electricity and no hot water, but it was totally comfortable with wonderful beds, linens, food and a friendly staff who couldn't do enough to make our trip memorable. The wildlife there was like no other place (monkeys in the trees, squawking scarlett macaws in the air and a jaguar in the forest). We have been privaledged to watch this resort "grow up", but in the best of ways, never change. It still has friendly staff and a home like atmosphere in the amazing open air restaurant and bar. The food was outstanding on our last stay and even frozen drinks are now readily available in the bar. More cabins, deluxe cabins & houses are options; all are solar powered and have hot water. The views from all cabins are spectacular (all except the garden have ocean views). A swimming pool provides a great place to cool off after hikes in the forrest. Actually you don't have to venture into the forrest; we saw howler, white face and spider monkeys, a 3 toed sloth, agoutis, pizotes, scarlett macaws and toucans all from our cabin's deck, or on the lawn of the lodge. On the driveway we saw a Puma and a black jaguarundi. Nearby our animal sitings included a collared anteater and squirrel monkeys. If you love nature and want to experience Costa Rica to the fullest, Bosque del Cabo is the place to go! It matters not whether you are the ultimate adventure traveler or a "older" bird watcher. This resort can provide thrilling adventure (such as repeling down an amazing waterfall, tree climbing, zip-line, world class surfing) as well as guided birding and wildlife viewing on relatively level, well maintained trails. If you can only go one place, this should be it!
Stan and Delia James
Hope, AR., USA

  • Liked — rustic luxury appropriate for the setting
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed 28 November 2007

Where do I start? Bosque Del Cabos is like stepping into another time and place. The location is at the edge of the Osa peninsula, 500 feet above the crashing Pacific ocean and lovely Dolce bay. The towering rainforest trees and lush lawns studded with incredible flowers and bushes were enough to bowl over this colour deprived Canadian, who's home and native land is at this time of year just going to sleep in shades of grey and brown. The smells and sounds of the rainforest woke up all of our senses and the abundance of wildlife from hummingbirds that flew through our room to the white-faced monkeys that swung from the palms and trees by our cabins was enough to make one feel soooo alive. It was my husband and my very first visit to gorgeous Costa Rica. Our first days at Bosque were spent on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Pacific in a lovely deluxe cabina. It was great to just relax and to let the sounds of the ocean..and the breeze move the stresses that we carried with us. I borrowed a yoga mat and was doing my routine on the lovely deck overlooking the ocean when I suddenly felt as if I was being watched. When I looked up....I noticed 2 very curious white-faced monkeys watching and moving closer and closer. I ignored them....but as I went down to do the floor part of my routine....the two little monkeys moved to a tree bow directly over my head to get a closer look at my strange routine. I started laughing so hard.....that I had to give up my yoga...as the two scampered away!!!!!
For the second part of our trip we stayed in the Tropical Garden in LaPaz. It;s an incredible cabin with open sides on 3 sides. The primary rainforest begins just behind this lovely cabin...and just below in the valley...not one but two incredible waterfalls tumble over rocks echoeing up to the cabin above. By the end of the week....we sat in our hammock....watching a sloth just behind our cabin and as mentioned before, watched with glee and delight as hummingbirds would fly right through the cabin!!
The food was simple but so healthy and fresh.
The other guests were in the same head space - mostly professionals and thinkers and naturalists. Even the children that came with their parents were delightful and fun to watch as they explored with wonder the next surprise that appeared around the corner...or trail.
We can hardly wait to go back.....between the staff...and the lovely philosophy that all the staff seems to share.
It truly was like going to another world....where we could find ourselves again!!!!

  • Liked — The natural setting.
  • Disliked — Nothing!!!
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank OntarioNaturegirl27
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Washington D.C.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 2007

I just returned from a 3-4 day stay at Bosque del Cabo. The property was amazing! You will see wildlife around the property and generally in this area (Osa Pennisula) that you will not easily see anywhere else in Costa Rica. On a walk up the driveway, I watched all four types of monkeys found in Costa Rica swing in the trees overhead. The atmosphere is very laid back, with options to hike alone or with a guide. The staff were the most pleasant and happy that I have ever encountered (and I have traveled a good deal). The food was absolutely fantastic, very simple and healthy, with a good selection of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of note, I did meet several return guests, who offered that they continue to explore new areas of Costa Rica but always try to return to Bosque del Cabo.

  • Liked — Wildlife and Food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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1 Thank algneb
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Property: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more   less 
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